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two syria now which has witnessed one of the bloodiest days of fighting in recent weeks. the u.n. envoy has criticized the government for killing 17 civilians in aleppo mostly by barrel bombs dropped in the market. they say they're ready to push into president assad's strong hold. isil is also consolidated its position and has reportedly blown up a prison and launched a counterattack on kurdish and government forces in the east. >>reporter: the scene in aleppo this morning is great. activists say government helicopters have just dropped barrel bombs. this ambulance is rushing to help survivors. many are dead including women and children. many groups fighting in syria is in aleppo but the province next
door syrian rebels have overrun the town and the field commander is promising more gains. >> we still have weapons that we never used before. we promise our brothers that very soon they will see the new weapons. >>reporter: fighters of coalition and rebel groups including al-nusra fighters have plans to attack president assad's stronghold on the coast. syrian forces have been on the retreat in recent days. these military vehicles are set to be heading into the province of hama and the coastal areas beyond. it could be the next crucial battle for the rebels and the syrian government. it lies between the power base of president assad's stronghold to the west and a rebel held province to the north. but on the other side of the
country, there is a fast-moving battle between kurdish fighters known as the people protection units and fighters from the islamic state of iraq and the levant. activists post third degree video showing the instruction of a syrian church which was recently overrun by isil. kurdish fighters backed by u.s.-led air strikes drove them out. >> this syrian woman says she lost everything. i built this house with my sweat and i don't have anyone and i'm barely surviving. they don't fear god. >>reporter: millions of civilians have lost their homes and livelihoods during this war and as fighting continues, millions more could face the same fate. meanwhile, in iraq forces close to isil say the fighters have -- government attack east of rhamadi as part of efforts by
the iraqi army to regain control of rhamadi. this video shows ammunition left behind by iraqi security forces as they retreated from the area. the town is home to the country's largest oil refinery. isil has up loaded photos to the internet of what it says the weapons seized from government troops, that iraqi forces say they're making gains. an al jazeera has obtained video of what appears to be iraqi government forces and allied militia looting homes and shops in the northern city of tikrit. they recaptured the city from isil two months ago. locals have not been allowed to return to their homes schools have reopened in
nepal just months after being hit by an earthquake. they will be outdoors. the schools in areas hardest hit will remain shut. the earthquake killed more than 8,500 people and flattened half a million homes. more than 33,000 classrooms were destroyed. here's this update from kathmandu. >>reporter: some of the parents are saying they're a little bit uncomfortable sending their children away from them at a time when there's still a great deal of insecurity and concern for safety. but here you can see there's a ceremony going on where the principle is welcoming back his students. he's putting a sticker on their forehead as a good luck symbol as they return to school for the first time nearly five weeks after that 7.8 magnitude quake struck on april 25th. you can see behind where the children are grouped up is the
original school building. it is now condemned. it's unsafe for occupation and has to be demolished. so with the help of a local ngu and unicef, they are working hard over the last 10 or 12 days to put these huts in the ground to give some kind of schooling, some sense of normalcy not just for their students but also those who come here from other parts of nepal when their villages have been razed to the ground by the earthquake egypt has freed a human rights activist who was on hunger strike for norly two years. monthhammed soltan has arrived home in the united states after washington securitied his release. -- secured his release. >>reporter: freed two years
two years. >> we've been allowed very limited communication with him since april. we're instructed to take a wheelchair with us to the airport to help mohammed move. he's not been consuming solids for some time now so he has a long road ahead of him in terms of recovery. >>reporter: protests to highlight the polite of hunger striking inmates were met with force last year. activists say that since the 2013 military takeover there's been at least 41,000 people jailed. many have been convicted in mass trials. sometimes family including his sister hannah started a campaign. human rights organizations and the u.s. government backed the call for his release. he reannounced his egyptian citizenship to pave the way for the president to exile foreign citizens convicted of crimes. >> the novelty of a u.s. citizen
hunger striking in an egyptian prison is something folks cannot ignore. ultimately what caused his release was the u.s. government applying pressure on egyptian regime. >>reporter: thousands of prisoners whose families say they're paying the price for speaking out remain in jails. still ahead, schools are closed because of violence and children are caught up in protests against the president >> plus, australia's gold coast, a group of people from a rundown mining community in the north of p england have come here to the other side of the world because they think some of the issues facing them are shared by australia's aborigines. lia's aborigines.
hunger strike in prison for nearly two years. mohammed soltan who didn't eat solid food for 400 days has arrived home in the united states after washington secured his release more than 4,200 migrants have been brought to southern italy after being rescued at sea in the past 24 hours. search crews from germany, italy, and ireland helped in the search. >>reporter: in the middle of the mediterranean sea, it was a scramble to stay afloat. a desperate scene scene repeated many times over. a german friggart was involved in this issue where hundreds were picked up by several different boats.
among them, the very young and few can imagine how this mother might have felt being reunited with her little boy. while others, exhausted from their journey, were finally able to rest on deck. and unprecedented numbers of people are trying to make the per littlous trip from perilous trip to avoid war and persecution and gambling on better economic prospects in europe. but they're risking everything in the process. vessels from europe's tritan naval operations have been working nonstop. among them britain's naval war ship that arrived in italy. hundreds on board, some under 18 and traveling alone. italy is still bearing the brunt of arrivals but not all. dozens have been arriveing in greece from nearby turkey. this group careful to destroy their inflatable boat before walk ago shore. while europe's navy's keep
rescuing the migrants, its politicians make plans to disbears them throughout the eu but many countries don't want them and there's been no slowdown in the flow trying to reach these shores. 'em ma hayward, al jazeera russia has released a list of european politicians and military leaders who it's banning from entering the country. the list was handed to an eu delegation this week and includes critics of russia. among those black listed are britain's former deputy prime minister as retaliation for eu sanctions imposed on russia for its role in the eastern ukraine conflict a heat wave in india has killed nearly 2,000 people in the past two weeks. the south has been hardest hit. it's putting pressure on communities struggling with a lack of water. >>reporter: in some of the most
im -- hundreds are holding last rites for their loved ones. this man's father died from heat stroke. he was 85. >> my father got sick because of the heat. he wasn't well for a few days. water didn't help. we then took him to the hospital but he died on the way. >>reporter: stories of illness and death are being told across the area. despite the enormity, some doctors say they're equipped to deal with the growing health crisis. >> fluids and water and liquids is the basic medical treatment to treat sun stroke patients. that is enough for each care
center. >>reporter: but in one district what's being described as an unprecedented heat wave has once again raised questions about an old problem. water supply. for communities across this area pools like these are an important source of water for farming and drinking but over the years, many of them have run dry leaving villages parched and desperate for alternatives. many are lucky if their taps run for more than an hour a day. residents have learned to live with very little. >> over time, our water problems have gotten worse. we've had drought and don't get as much rain as we used to. ground water has dried up. it's getting hotter. this is a very serious problem for us, particularly the
elderly. >>reporter: in a twist of irony, it's water that villagers use to clean themselves after cremating. it's a life saving resource that's in such short supply. the united nations says a worsening drought until north korea could have disasterous consequences and it could lead to food shortages this year and be even worse in 2016. rainfall total last year was 60% less than 2013. north korea was hit by pa minute famine in the 1990s and a million people are believed to have died.
>> it's only since the overall -- food production system. 29 people have died from storms and flooding in the united states. 25 of the victims were from texas where 11 people are still missing. the u.s. national weather service has issued flood warnings as more rain is forecast. barack obama has signed a disaster declaration to free up federal funds. thousands of people across venezuela have taken part in the largest antigovernment protest this year. opposition leader leopold lopez has called for a day of marches. e he's one of two of venezuela's
opposition who has been jailed. he encouraged protesters to demand his release and a certain date for this year's legislative elections. east african leaders are meeting to discuss the political crisis in the mundi. the president's decision to seek a third term in office has led to a failed coup and weeks of protests and the united nations says it's worried about the growing number of children taking part in protests against the government. >>reporter: he looks about 14 years old, and he should be in school but he's in the streets in the capital protesting. >> schools are closed. there is only violence. >>reporter: opposition members have been protesting for weeks against the president's wanting a third term. some have been killed during the violence and they have been children. >> they don't go to school. they don't eat enough anymore.
they don't -- it's a demonstration and we have about five children who have been killed. >>reporter: despite the potential danger, children are still on the streets. sometimes they come tenth streets because they're curious or get excited about the protests. but when the police open fire to disburse protesters, that's when the children get hurt. many schools closed when the protests started a month ago. if this continues on, children won't have access to a basic right, education. >> it's very serious that children are experiencing violence. it is a real problem not only for now but for generations to come. this country has suffered so much already. we have to stop it and we have to stop it now. >>reporter: here's another angry
group of protesters and another child is on the street on his own. parents have been told by officials to keep their children at home and out of harm's way. now set blatter denies he's the one to blame for the recent fifa corruption scandal. he said it was his job to restore the reputation of world futbol. >> if somebody is making investigations, they have the right to do so and if they do it in the correct manner and if they do it as it is usually done i have no concerns about that, and i have especially no concerns about my person. >> many of the countries that voted for him were from africa. we have a report from senegal on why the fifa president is so popular across the continent. >>reporter: it's not the pitch
but the beach where futbol champions are made in senegal. skills are picked up from experience rather than formal training. yet, the african continent is a breeding ground for talent. futbolers of african origin dominate europe. it's not just a dream but an ambition. most have not played on a full futbol pitch but that has not stopped us doing something we love. on the outskirts of the capital is the brand new multimillion dollars training ground built thanks to fifa's funding. there's even astro turf so players can train on a proper pitch year round. it's so special we're not even
allowed in. identifyfifa agreed to build several other pitches and promised more investments. the announcement was made just days before the much contested fifa elections. senegal sided with the incumbent president. decades of fifa funding has not changed the way futbol is being played here and still for many the re-election is seen as a victory for african football. newspaper editorials describes it as a failed attempt at overthrowing africa's long standing friend. all of africa's 54 votes went to blatter. his re-election could mean more funds for african futboling federations. how much of it will benefit them though is unclear. futbol continues to be played barefoot with an old ball. here skills not money set them
than a car. people in a mining town of the northeast of england may not have much in common with aborigines in australia may not have much in common but one person believes they do and has brought them together. >>reporter: they lost their land and identity 200 years ago. another lost much of its identity and independence when 30 years ago government action took away their industry and purpose. but is the comparison between the two too much of a stretch? >> it's crazy. [laughter]. >> i thought hell no is this going to work. >>reporter: the he is matthew johnson, a british academic who's brought a group of people from a former mining people from england to meet aboriginal people in australia. >> if we're to understand
be unemployed. wanting to earn their income instead of begging for it every fort night. -- in june, they will travel to england for the other end of the exchange. the hope here is that if parallels can be found when it comes to the issues facing communities which on the face of it have very little in common, then parallels can also be found when it comes to solutions but one community's experience can inspire the others. paral and just a reminder you can always keep up to date with all the news on our website at aljazeera.com. aljazeera.com. chance. already an olympic gold medallist, the world's number one middleweight tells sara hoy, she's ready to pump above her weight again. >> what defines you? >> overcoming my obstacles resilience is the word. out of control. when the state steps in, whose life is it. sheila macvicar vets the rights lost in the name of protecting a